Category Archives: Rua’s Rambles

  1. Our Household’s Festivities For Borealis Nox – Longest Night

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    Dec 22, 2020 by Rua Lupa

    This was our 1st year home for the Winter Holidays in 13 years and so was able to be more involved for Borealis Nox – Winter Solstice / Longest Night for the Northern Hemisphere.

  2. Identity: Me, Them – Us

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    Dec 11, 2020 by Rua Lupa

    We all have an identity, it forms who we present ourselves as and informs who we align with. It is something we do not really talk about outside of an Us versus Them narrative though. I think that should change, because I believe that is where most of our societal conflicts stem from.

  3. Lets Get A Bit Medieval When Dealing With COVID-19

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    Jul 25, 2020 by Rua Lupa

    In April, when COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) had reached the point when masks were considered to be a practical tool for …
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  4. Dear Cottagers in COVID-19 Crisis

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    Apr 5, 2020 by Rua Lupa

    A lot of people never have that option and do not expect to because it is not and will not be in reach no matter how hard and long they work or save. Having a cottage is not as common or normal an experience as it appears to be expected – it is a reflection of wealth status. So a 2nd home should not be treated as equal as an only home – it is not a necessity, it is a luxury.

  5. Trillium War 14, Beowulf and Grendel, 12019 H.E. / Anno Societatis 54

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    Jul 14, 2019 by Rua Lupa

    Within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA, A pre-1600’s European Contact Living History Society), the Kingdom of Ealdormere (most of …
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  6. Fruits Of Our Labours, 54 A.S. / 12019 H.E.

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    May 29, 2019 by Rua Lupa

    FOOL is a whole weekend of classes on the making of pre-1600 things.
    This was the event’s 12th year and went from Friday May 17th to Monday May 20th.

  7. Baron’s Howe 12018 H.E. – Labour Day Weekend

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    Sep 6, 2018 by Rua Lupa

    It was a merry camp with much song and libation. I had brought out my djembe and we played and sung deep into the night. The passing rains could not hinder the spirit of this house! Their fire roared ever on!

  8. Baron’s Brouhaha, The Fifth, Anno Societatis 53 / 12018 H.E.

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    Jul 27, 2018 by Rua Lupa

    Brouhaha was such a good time, I had to remind myself to make use of my camera to capture it! Thank you to our hosts, Penda and Sibylla for using your farm, and all of Northgeatham for their work in making this event possible. I hope to join you all here for many years to come!

  9. Trillium War, Of The Burning Sun, 12018 H.E. / Anno Societatis 53

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    Jul 7, 2018 by Rua Lupa

    In my case, I was grateful that I packed a large sea sponge that I liberally soaked and squeezed onto myself and others. Linen kerchiefs soaked and snapped a few times now and then and worn around the neck were highly effective for keeping cool. Others enjoyed foot baths in the shade.

  10. On The Damning of The Milk Industry

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    Mar 2, 2018 by Rua Lupa

    The Milk Industry is making a splash lately with how Millennials have ended up bring back Milk Couriers. Great news for those who love sustainability. Unfortunately many members of the public have taken this news and decided to damn the milk industry all together, citing many things that are indeed harmful practices.

  11. What Nature Has To Say About Gender

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    Feb 13, 2018 by Rua Lupa

    Is human gender expression fundamentally messed up? In a richly illustrated essay, Rua Lupa compares human thinking about gender and sex to the realities of the natural world.

  12. Answering The Most Common Childhood Question(s): Death + New Human Life

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    Nov 1, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    Its that time of year when Death is displayed in all its G(l)ory, and so is also a time when many families have to start the conversation on what Death is and how to come to terms with that.

  13. Save Herbalists from ‘Alternative Medicine’

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    Oct 23, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    The problem is that there is a conflation between ‘alternative medicine’ and ‘medicine’, and along with that, that ‘alternative medicine’ is even an acknowledged term to begin with.

  14. Druidism And Its Limits

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    Oct 20, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    Druidism, it is most commonly seen as being strictly Celtic, and that is the primary reason why I instead call myself a Saegoah – or alternatively to non-pagan aware folks, a Naturalist

  15. Them Historical Funnies On The Web ROUND UP 2

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    Sep 23, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    Sometimes I want to use some funny medieval imagery that I’ve seen before, but can’t seem to find again. This is where I decided to collect them here in “Them Historical Funnies On The Web ROUND UP” and once I collected enough to be worth looking through, make a post out of them.

  16. Millennial Reality Check

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    Aug 23, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    When viewing these I frequently internally laugh with the thought of “so long” because these industries that are crying havoc are really just being revealed as the unnecessary things that they are and will not be missed.

    The claims of demise I did find odd were,

  17. Baron’s Brouhaha, The Fourth

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    Aug 10, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    Brouhaha is one of the smallest events, but that also makes it one of the most relaxed events too. Even so, there is something for everyone. And this year had a special component, The Baron and Baroness of Ramshaven were going to select their Champions of Ramshaven at this event.

  18. Trillium War 12017 H.E.

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    Aug 8, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    This year was hot with waves of rainstorms. But that did not stop the attendees from having a good time.

  19. Demoing For The Medieval Festival At Upper Canada Village

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    Aug 3, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    I have been quiet of late, and that is perhaps due to a lot of SCA (medieval living history) stuff that was going on. So without further delay, here is an overdue update on what exactly went on with this SCA stuff.

  20. Religious Experiences VS Hedonism

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    Jun 8, 2017 by Rua Lupa

    My previous article, ‘Is Seeking A “Deep Religious Experience” Hedonistic?‘ had apparently been misinterpreted as saying that all experiences of ecstasy and transcendence was Hedonistic and bad…

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